It's usually the drivers, not the engineers, who get the glory, but the competition in question was the Darpa Urban Challenge, set up by the US military to develop autonomous unmanned vehicles
capable of negotiating urban environments.
This infrastructure relies on autonomous unmanned vehicles
, support communications, efficient ways of storing and processing sensor information, and an adaptive ability to protect itself from the environment and hostile attacks.
In this article we will examine some of the challenges as we remove the man and woman from unmanned systems and consider the future of autonomous unmanned vehicles